Weiser Cowboy Song. Lyrics for this light hearted song about the everyday challenges of cowboy life are found in "Indian Valley and Surrounding Hills" by Geneva Bibbs Barry and Jewell Moore Woods (1990). The lyrics in turn were taken from the April 3, 1891 issue of the Weiser Leader newspaper, attributed to Charlie Barbour who evidently ranched in the Weiser Valley. The melody is given as that of the classic Irish song "The Girl I Left Behind". The song may well be an adaptation from another state such as Texas, since "Texas" cow is mentioned in the original lyrics. The rendition here of this previously unrecorded song is by Gary Eller (guitar and vocals), Rue Frisbee (fiddle) and Marv Quinton (bass and vocals on the chorus). Gary Eller added a few Idaho place names to the original lyrics.

Frozen Dog Quadrille. In the 1880s, a man known as Colonel William C. Hunter established orchards in Emmett.  Hunter wrote a series of tongue in cheek articles about the goings-on in the mythical Idaho town of Frozen Dog.  In 1905 he published the stories in "Tales of Frozen Dog".  His legacy lives on in the orchards of Emmett, and in the name of the very road that fiddler Rue Frisbee lives on - Frozen Dog Road.  Indeed, it is possible that Rue's orchards are on the very property that Col. Hunter developed!  The song "Frozen Dog Quadrille" appears in Hunter's book. Hunter specified the melody of the well known New England fiddle tune "Money Musk" and added coloful square dance call lyrics. In 1905, a full square dance band commonly might have been just a fiddle and guitar, and so that how Rue Frisbee (fiddle) and Gary Eller (guitar) recorded the tune. "Frozen Dog Quadrille" subsequently appeared in print after 1905 in many places under other names such as "Idaho Cowboy Dance", including one of  John Lomax' early books of American songs and Rosalie's book Way Out in Idaho.  However, it never has been recorded to our knowledge. 


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